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Bachelor of Environmental Science

Graduation requirements

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (24 subjects). Students will graduate from the Bachelor of Environmental Science with one of the following awards according to their elected specialisation:

  • Land and Water BEnvSci(Land&Water)
  • Catchment Management BEnvSci(CatchMgt)
  • Conservation and Management BEnvSci (Cons&Mgt)

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Environmental Science prepares graduates for employment in the wide variety of disciplines within the area of environmental management.

You can make a difference in environmental management. Management of our natural environment is the single greatest challenge of the future. The need for new ideas and fresh management approaches has never been greater. You can be part of the solution to the world's environmental problems.

Over the past few years, the environment has been raised higher and higher on the political agenda, both nationally and internationally. This increased environmental awareness has led to unprecedented growth in employment in the wide variety of disciplines covered by environmental management.

What will I learn?

The course focuses strongly on field instruction and real-world situations. Studies in ecology, wildlife management, vegetation management and the earth sciences are complemented by studies of the human dimension in order to understand your role in conserving and protecting the natural environment, because you can't manage the environment if you can't manage people. For this reason, a major focus of the degree is learning how to apply the scientific knowledge to real-world situations that involve people.

Different specialisations allow students to focus on areas of particular interest after their first year of study. The following specialisations are available:

  • Land and Water
  • Catchment Management
  • Conservation and Management

Note: CSU's Bachelor of Environmental Science is only available by distance education.
For on campus study at CSU's internationally recognised sustainable Albury-Wodonga Campus, applicants should refer to the Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management.

Learning facilities

To make sure you are experienced using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace, our facilities include:

  • a range of field-based equipment and software relevant to undertaking field study exercises
  • fully equipped laboratory facilities
  • a library that covers a broad range of natural and cultural management literature.

Your course is recognised by industry

The course is recognised by every environmental management agency in Australia.

Residential school

Students usually study two subjects per session. Some subjects have a compulsory residential school of two to four days duration.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Land and Water specialisation

Land and water management are the biggest issues facing Australia as a whole. With climate change, increased competition for resources and declining biodiversity, the Land and Water specialisation provides graduates with extensive skills in river restoration and management, water resource management and soil analysis. Additionally, a solid grounding in the highly sought after skill of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provides graduates with a unique opportunity to apply their skills in a wide range of employment possibilities.

Catchment Management specialisation

This specialisation combines a strong grounding in Australia's fauna and flora, climate, soils and landscapes with an understanding of Australia's unique agricultural environment. Agriculture is the biggest land and water user in Australia and to be best able to contribute to the successful operation of agriculture on a catchment scale, while at the same time minimising impacts on the flora, fauna and water resources of the country an appreciation and understanding of the agricultural industry is essential.

Catchment Management agencies across the country are seeking graduates with more than just an understanding of the natural environment, and more than graduates with just an agricultural science degree. The complex nature of issues on a catchment scale requires both. Graduates are therefore sought after by industries seeking this combination of skills and can find employment in Catchment Management Authorities, Landcare organisations, Government Natural Resource Management agencies and many other areas.

Conservation and Management specialisation

With a strong grounding in Australia's fauna and flora, climate, soils and landscapes through studies in the classroom and field, graduates enjoy a wide range of employment opportunities. In particular, graduates are sought after to provide the knowledge necessary for conservation and restoration of Australia's unique ecosystems.

Course structure

The course is of 192 points duration, comprising 104 points of core subjects, a specialisation sequence of 80 points, and one elective subject (8 points).

Core subjects (104 points)

BIO100 Concepts of Biology
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
GEO164 Earth System Processes
GEO204 Soils and Landscapes
ENM109 Workplace Preparation
ENM163 Natural Resource Management
ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice
PKM105 People and Places - Social Science Dimensions
SCI200 Introduction to Spatial Science and Data Visualisation
SPA115 Principles of GIS
SPA406 GIS Applications

Specialisation subjects (80 points)

Conservation and Management Specialisation

BIO216 Conservation Biology
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)
BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16 points)
ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
GEO360 Catchment Management through Community Development
PKM301 Principles of Indigenous Land Management
PKM307 Environmental Planning

Land and Water Specialisation

BIO203 Animal Systematics
BIO312 Landscape Ecology
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
GEO314 River Hydrology & Geomorphology
HRT202 Plant Taxonomy & Systematics
PSC420 Water Policy and Management
SPA405 Image Analysis
SPA412 Integrated GIS/Remote Sensing

Catchment Management Specialisation

AGR220 Extension
AHT102 Introduction to Agricultural and Horticultural Systems
AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)
BIO312 Landscape ecology
GEO314 River Hydrology & Geomorphology
GEO360 Catchment Management through Community Development
PSC420 Water Policy and Management

Enrolment pattern

Normally Six year by Part-time Distance Education

Note: students may be able to decrease the length of time it takes to do the degree by taking some of the limited number of subjects that are available in Session 3 (90).

Conservation and Management Specialisation
Year 1 Session 1 (30)

BIO100 Concepts of Biology
ENM109 Workplace Preparation

Year 1 Session 2 (60)
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
SCI200 Introduction to Spatial Science and Data Visualisation

Year 1 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design

Year 2 Session 1 (30)
PKM105 People and Places - Social Science Dimensions
GEO164 Earth System Processes

Year 2 Session 2 (60)
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
ENM163 Natural Resource Management

Year 2 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design

Year 3 Session 1 (30)
BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
SPA115 Principles of GIS

Year 3 Session 2 (60)
PKM301 Principles of Indigenous Land Management
SPA406 GIS Applications

Year 3 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design

Year 4 Session 1 (30)
BIO216 Conservation Biology
GEO204 Soils and Landscapes

Year 4 Session 2 (60)
GEO360 Catchment Management Through Community Development
[ ] Elective

Year 4 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design

Year 5 Session 1 (30)
BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)

Year 5 Session 2 (60)
BIO327 Wildlife Conservation and Management (16 points)

Year 5 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design

Year 6 Session 1 (30)
BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
PKM307 Environmental Planning

Year 6 Session 2 (60)
ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice
ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing

Land and Water Specialisation

By Part-time Distance Education Study

Year 1 Session 1 (30)
BIO100 Concepts of Biology
ENM109 Workplace Preparation

Year 1 Session 2 (60)
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
SCI200 Introduction to Spatial Science and Data Visualisation

Year 1 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design

Year 2 Session 1 (30)
PKM105 People and Places - Social Science Dimensions
GEO164 Earth System Processes

Year 2 Session 2 (60)
ENM163 Natural Resource Management
HRT202 Plant Taxonomy and Systematics

Year 2 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design

Year 3 Session 1 (30)
BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
SPA115 Principles of GIS

Year 3 Session 2 (60)
SPA406 GIS Applications
[ ] Elective

Year 3 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design

Year 4 Session 1 (30)
BIO203 Animal Systematics
CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals

Year 4 Session 2 (60)
PSC420 Water Policy and Management
SPA405 Image Analysis

Year 4 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design

Year 5 Session 1 (30)
GEO204 Soils and Landscapes
BIO312 Landscape Ecology

Year 5 Session 2 (60)
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
SPA412 Integrated GIS/Remote Sensing

Year 5 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design

Year 6 Session 1 (30)
BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
GEO314 River Hydrology & Geomorphology

Year 6 Session 2 (60)
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
ENM422 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing

Catchment Management Specialisation

By Part time Distance Education Study

Year 1 Session 1 (30)
BIO100 Concepts of Biology
ENM109 Workplace Preparation

Year 1 Session 2 (60)
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
SCI200 Introduction to Spatial Science and Data Visualisation

Year 1 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design

Year 2 Session 1 (30)
GEO164 Earth System Processes
PKM105 People and Places - Social Science Dimensions

Year 2 Session 2 (60)
ENM163 Natural Resource Management
AHT102 Introduction to Agricultural and Horticultural Systems

Year 2 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design

Year 3 Session 1 (30)
BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
SPA115 Principles of GIS

Year 3 Session 2 (60)
AGR220 Extension
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology

Year 3 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design

Year 4 Session 1 (30)
AHT401 Agroecosystems & Human Values
GEO204 Soils and Landscapes

Year 4 Session 2 (60)
SPA406 GIS Applications
[ ]Elective

Year 4 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design

Year 5 Session 1 (30)
BIO326 Vegetation & Disturbance Management (16 points)

Year 5 Session 2 (60)
GEO360 Catchment Management Through Community Development
PSC420 Water Policy and Management

Year 5 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design

Year 6 Session 1 (30)
BIO323 River and Floodplain Ecology
GEO314 River Hydrology & Geomorphology

Year 6 Session 2 (60)
AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Albury-Wodonga; Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

6 years distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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